In this issue...
You may notice my newsletter looks a little different this month. That's because my office and I have decided to move over to the built-in newsletter function on my City Council website. You will be able to view this newsletter on the District 4 website, reference past editions by visiting the archive, and easily jump to other pages to read more about my office and our work. As always, if you'd like to give us any feedback, email Adam at email@example.com. Thanks!
Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day
Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!
On March 12 we honored two UPMC employees who were fired for discussing forming a union, Frank Lavelle and Ron Oakes. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board filed over 80 charges of alleged violations of the Federal Labor Law against UPMC executives and managers. Some of the charges include workers being fired, unfairly disciplined, surveilled, and silenced after they talked about unionizing with their co-workers. UPMC eventually conceded, agreeing to obey the law and to respect the rights of workers to form a union free from harassment and intimidation. They are the largest healthcare system in the City, and also the largest recipient of tax-payer supported charitable tax-exemptions, and they have a responsibility to our community to live up to our shared economic values. Our City is one with a rich history of working people standing together to form unions in order to create good, family-sustaining jobs to build our middle class. Read the proclamation here.
Each year, all over the world, people celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women. I recognized this international day with a proclamation--you can read it here.
On March 13, I had the pleasure of welcoming DeVon, a student at University Prep, to City Council. He was taking part in YouthWorks' job shadow program. For most of the morning, he sat in on the Council committee meeting, he chatted with my staff about their day-to-day work, and he and I talked about his plans for his future. Here we are in front of Council chambers!
The much-anticipated Brookline Boulevard reconstruction is underway! Follow this link for the March schedule of construction work. For the month of March, the contractors will be working on the business district from Pioneer Avenue to Castlegate, and from Flatbush to Stebbins. Contractors are tearing out the old sidewalk and will be replacing it. As you have probably seen, there are some parking restrictions due to this work. In a meeting with the contractors, I learned that they are indeed trying their best to keep the disruptions to our neighborhood to a minimum. The most important thing that you can do during this time is to keep shopping at our local businesses! They are staying open during this construction work, and they need your support now more than ever!
We all know Brownsville Road needs a lot of work to bring it to its full potential. I am so excited to talk about its possibilities and to hear from you what you envision. Join us for an open house community session where you can share your thoughts and ideas on how to make the Brownsville Road corridor more connected and an even better place to be. This will be held on Monday, March 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Carrick High School gymnasium at 125 Parkfield Street.
The URA’s Streetface Program is providing a matching grant for facade improvements for businesses in the Colteryahn Dairy District and the Sankey Avenue district along Brownsville Road. Business owners can apply for up to $30,000 in a matching grant to assist with exterior improvements. This is an exciting expansion of the grant program, and it adds up to another bit of momentum that South Pittsburgh is experiencing. If you have any questions about the grant program, contact my office at 412.255.2131.
Are you concerned about speeding along a certain stretch of Brownsville Road? Does a specific intersection need better lighting? How often have you contacted 311 or 911 during the summer because of an issue on Brownsville Road? Is there something specific you’d like to see done? Tell CTAC in this online survey. The results of this survey will help my office, law enforcement, and the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch understand what your top public safety issues are.
Spring is a great time to show off Brookline! Just like last year, the folks at Taste of Brookline, and all the participating businesses, will bring you local food, drink, music, and camaraderie: this year it will take place on Sunday April 28 between 2-5pm at the Church of the Resurrection gymnasium, 1100 Creedmoor Ave. Follow their updates on Facebook as the planning continues. Tickets are $30 and are available on their website and at the following locations:
Starting at the end of February, the Brookline Community Center is now open on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. instead of 1:00 p.m. to allow for residents to put in some early morning exercise! The City is sticking with this test schedule through Friday, May 3, 2013 in order to see how popular Friday mornings are. If you have any questions, contact my office at 412.255.2131.
Katelynn Lucchino is a tenth grader at Carrick High School and is taking on a meaningful project for the community--she is creating the Carrick High Cookbook! If you or anyone in your family is an alum, a teacher or staff member, or a current student, send her your favorite recipe, anything from salads to desserts! The profits of the sale of this cookbook will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. To contribute your recipe to the cookbook, email Katelynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them directly to Carrick High School at 125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh PA 15210 Attn: Ms. Canovali. Whether you’re an alum or someone in your family is an alum, be sure to include the name, year graduated, and information important to the recipe: the name of the dish, how many it serves, prep time, cook time, ingredients, and directions. Please send Katelynn your recipes by the last week of March.
On Saturday April 13, join the Friends of Grandview Park for a clean-up focusing on litter and glass along the trails and in the park. Meet at the bandstand at the overlook at 499 Bailey Avenue between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. Bags and buckets will be provided, but be sure to bring gloves with you! The Friends of Grandview Park plan to stay until around 11:00 a.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
Mangia! Community Leaders United for Beechview (CLUB) are hosting a Spaghetti Warehouse dinner on Friday, April 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beechview Senior Center at 1555 Beechview Avenue. Your dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, roll, and a beverage, and donated desserts will be available for purchase. Your ticket purchase ($10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under) will support CLUB’s efforts in the community. Tickets will be available at the door or for advance purchase at the Beechview Senior Center, BREW on Broadway, the Beechview Library, ESB Bank, and the IGA Market. Proceeds will go toward ongoing efforts to make Beechview a great place, including funding a community newsletter. For more information, or tickets, call 412.341.8768 or email beechviewCLUB@gmail.com.
Spring is approaching, and that means the Beechview Library Flower and Book Sale is too! This year’s sale is on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and it’s the 23rd annual--help keep this tradition alive by placing your order for flowers, potted plants, hanging baskets, or vegetables. Order forms may be picked up at the Beechview Library. Options this year include:
Be sure to know that when using a credit card to pay your City real estate tax amount, there is a convenience fee of 2.39% that is charged by the Paymentus company that handles this transaction. Real estate taxes were billed in February; the gross amount is due on April 22, 2013, but a 2% discount will be taken if paid in full by March 31. For more information, contact the City’s Real Estate Office at 412.255.2525.
PLANPGH is introducing a 90-neighborhood mobile talk show named TALKPGH. In April, a truck outfitted to serve as a mobile talk show will drive to each of the City’s 90 neighborhoods to interview residents. They will be collecting stories, opinions, and thoughts about Pittsburgh and local neighborhoods. These interviews will then be compiled and made available online in a special feature presentation. Below is the schedule for each neighborhood in District 4:
Though women make up only 3% of American CEOs, we women do make great leaders, whether in community service, politics, academia, or business. Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is hosting a Women Business Leaders breakfast series this year, running through June. The next session will take place on Friday April 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and featured will be Susan Gregg Koger, who is chief creative officer for ModCloth. The conversation will center around the theme of “Dresses and Success: Turning a Passion for Vintage into a Global Business.” The session costs $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid ID), and you can register online.
The 2013 baseball and softball season is coming up soon--registration for boys and girls ages 4-19 is at the Phillips Park Rec Center in Carrick on Saturday, March 23rd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.
The Carrick Tree Tenders have put some spring dates on the calendar and invite you to come out and join them for some pruning and sprucing. Jake, a representative from Tree Pittsburgh, will be assisting with Carrick’s trees this year as well. Some dates on the Tree Tenders’ schedule are:
Federal, state, and local income taxes are due on April 17 this year, and if you qualify for a refund, the sooner you get your tax documents in the mail, the sooner you could receive it! For those who may not be able to do their taxes on their own, the City of Pittsburgh and local partners are providing a free resource to help with tax preparation.
Fighting cancer is one of the largest battles of our time. To become part of the movement, you may be interested in joining a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Participants must be between 30 and 65 years old and must not have had cancer in the past. To learn more, and to register for this study, visit the American Cancer Society website or call 1.888.604.5888.
The Citiparks Aquatics Division is looking for lifeguards for this year’s summer season. If you know someone who is certified, or interested in obtaining certification, to work for Citiparks, contact the Aquatics Division Office at 412.323.7928.
South Hills Middle School is interested in having community members come to the school, located at 595 Crane Avenue, to assist with hall monitoring, cafeteria duty, students in the classroom, and clerical duties on a volunteer basis. Those interested in volunteering for work directly with children will have to acquire clearances, which will be paid for through the PTO. For more information, contact Carol Senft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s almost spring cleaning season! The Pittsburgh-based organization Citizens Against Litter will he holding a Spring Redd Up clean-up event on Saturday April 20, 2013. Citizens Against Litter hopes to recruit 15,000 volunteers to clean up trash throughout 200 neighborhoods for this event. Communities/groups and individuals interested in participating as volunteers are asked to contact Citizens Against Litter who will put them in touch with neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards. Contact email@example.com or call 412-688-9120.
As part of the Great American Clean-Up, Allegheny CleanWays will provide you the resources you need to throw a spring clean-up in your neighborhood! Materials include gloves, bags, and safety materials. Allegheny CleanWays will also hold workshops on how to organize a spring clean-up. For a schedule of workshops, and to register, go to their website or call Allegheny CleanWays at 412.381.1301. Check here for more information about the Great PA Clean-Up.
The summer baseball/softball season will soon be upon us, and Citiparks is looking for seasonal employees for May-August! Applicants must live in the City, have a driver’s license, be available on weekends and evenings (30-40 hours a week), and receive their child abuse and criminal clearances. The positions are for monitors, whose tasks will be to keep score, interpret the rules as situations arise, do daily field preparations, and some light office work. If interested, call the BIG League office at 412.488.8585 or send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don’t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City’s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.
The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.
Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.
Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.
Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.
South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting
Carrick Tree Tending
Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can't do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.
Friday, March 15, 2013